The Oxford Scientist

The Oxford Scientist is the University of Oxford’s independent, student-produced science magazine.

Clonal Selection Theory—An Immunological Breakthrough

By Stella Stylianides Da Silva, James Allen’s Girls’ School, London We owe a great deal for our current understanding of the immune system to a theory developed in 1957. The clonal selection theory for the formation of antibodies is considered the most important discovery in immunology in the last 100 years. In his paper “A…

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The Oxford Scientist—A New Name For Bang!

This term (HT18) Bang! Science Magazine is relaunching with a new name: The Oxford Scientist. We decided that the magazine should not only celebrate science, but also pay tribute to all our amazing contributors – writers, artists, editors – and many of the scientists whose work features in our pages, who all call this world famous university…

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Peregrine attack strategies could take down rogue drones

Members of the Oxford Department of Zoology have tracked peregrine falcons in the field as they attacked dummy prey – and discovered that they use the same control strategies to catch them as modern projectile weapons. This suggests a new way to tackle the problem of rogue drones. Principle investigator Professor Graham Taylor said “Falcons…

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Roman Concrete: To go forward is to look back

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but their concrete can withstand the ages: around 2 millennia to be precise. There are many intriguing stories of ancient materials with fascinating properties but long-forgotten methods of production, like Damascus steel, the supposed chromium plated blades of the terracotta army, and Roman concrete. However, more light has been shed…

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Is your coffee habit lengthening your lifespan?

Latte art-Instagrammars and stressed-out students alike will no doubt be delighted to hear that two recent studies, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, reveal a link between coffee consumption and reduced mortality from diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. In the largest study to date to assess the link between coffee consumption and mortality,…

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